Wednesday, May 31, 2017

This just in: Dyson is still pitching for the Rangers, giving up homers and losing ball games.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Well, Dyson still hasn't figured it out.

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud: Maybe Banny left in Perez too long. But why go to Dyson with the game on the line? Why would Banny expect Dyson to get them out of a jam?

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: Perez and the bats were winning the game through six against Sale (until it all fell apart like a 10 cent suit).

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: Lets see if they can avoid the sweep tonight.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

So the season isn't over yet after all.

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud: But they're still 7 GB in the division. Beltre and Hamels are still out. And To start the season it seemed that either the bats could not produce runs or the pitching couldn't help but give up too many runs.

Dyson didn't record his 1st strikeout of the season until just the other day and seemingly half the lineup has been hovering around the Mendoza-line.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: THEY ARE ONLY 7 GB! After that roller coaster ride to start the season, I'll take it. Especially considering the above.

And they're only 1 GB in the wildcard race. If it's not too early to be following the division standing then I argue it's not to soon to be checking on the wildcard standings. So there.

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: Martin Perez goes up against Sale tonight. Sale has been nails for the Sox this year. Let's see what Perez brings to the mound tonight.

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

After all of that, your Rangers are 11-13 & 4 GB going into today's game.

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud: Is it bad when more than half your starting lineup is hitting below .200? And I know batting average is now considered an antiquated metric but still, too many bats for the Rangers have been quiet.

Odor and Mazara started of strong and have faded.

Please let Beltre get back in the lineup soon.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: Matt Bush appears to have settled into the closer role.

Gallo's OPS is OK (see, I look at other stats besides batting average).

Elvis and DeShields have generally been more up than down. And Gomez hit for the cycle last night.

And again, after a scary bad start (especially when trying to close games) they're not out of this thing. Like the old saying goes, you can't win the division in April but, you sure as hell can lose it. And the Rangers survived April.

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: If Hamels and Yu pitch anything like the aces they can be then the Rangers will be in this thing.

The Rangers picked up Yankees castoff Kozma off of waivers which may mean Profar's days in Arlington are numbered. Which leads me to this point, if you don't have a place for a prospect to play everyday when you call him up to the big club then don't do it. Trade them for value or leave them in the minors. It's hard enough to play in the show much less when you're not playing everyday, learning a new position and/or playing different positions when you do get a chance to play (all of which apply to Profar).

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Dyson gives up 5 runs, grand slam in top of 9, Rangers lose 9-6, get swept by Tribe to start new season.

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud: Dyson has been terrible in 2 outings. And the starting pitching has been so-so.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: Elvis went yard and the offense put up 6 runs.

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: Pitching has been poor. The law of averages may be catching up to the Rangers and their razor thin run differential from a year ago. At least to start the season. The only hope is that the pitching gets better.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Rangers blow early lead, lose to Tribe in opening game 8-5

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud: To say Yu could not locate his fastball after the first few innings is an understatement.  And Banny put Yu back out there for the 7th when he was pushing 90 pitches and just didn't have it.

Carlos Gomez getting thrown out trying to steal 2nd early in the game cost the Rangers a run when right after that Nomar had an extra base hit to start the game.

Joey Gallo again was without a hit.  He hit some hard, but no results.

Napoli in his return was 0 fer.

Elvis had a an error, surprise, surprise.

Dyson gave up 3 runs in the top of 9 to allow the Indians to break a 5-5 tie.

It was 5-1 Rangers after 4.  And the Rangers ended up losing 8-5.

Yu had 4 ER's, Bush had 1 ER, and the Rangers' closer Dyson had 3 ER's.  Is that good?  I'll answer that question for everyone.  No.  That's not good.

The new local announcers were sedate.  I cannot believe I'm going to write this but, I miss Buzz and Tag.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: Yu started strong (even though he faded late),

Carlos Gomez had a homer and Odor had 2 HR's.  Elvis had a double and and triple.

Nomar looked strong at the plate

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: I saw something I had never seen before.  When Yu went back out for the 7th he had a strikeout, past ball that resulted in the batter safe at 1B and the run scoring from 3B.  Never seen than before.

The umps still suck.  Cargo was safe on that early steal attempt I think and after review they still called him out. BUT, had they called him safe to begin with he would have been safe after review too.  And the ump behind the plate flat out missed some strikes early especially low in the zone that Yu threw.

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

And we're back. Chris provides a preview and predictions about your Texas Rangers' 2017 season.

You can read the full preview on the Cards Conclave blog right here.  Check it out! Chris' answers are the "TRB" ones.  Opening day for your Rangers is this Monday at 6:05 pm against the defending AL champion Cleveland Indians.  Go Rangers!

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Live Blogging-BJs win. 7-6.  Game over.  Season over.

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10th Inning:
3 Rangers up and down. 

Bottom of 10
Lead off double.  Maybe Bush was a bad decision.  And now the intentional walk.  1B and 2B, no outs.  Trouble.  And the season.

BJs win. 7-6.  Game over.  Season over.  Bad double play throw from 2B to 1B might have gotten them out of the inning.  It would have been close. 

9th Inning:
Crap, this is great and bad and awesome.  3 up and down for our Rangers.  Here we go.

Bottom of 9
Kela has been nothing short of amazing.  3 BJs up and down.  6-6.  Extra innings. 

8th Inning:
Betltre is pressing.  Ugly 2nd out strikeout.  Can't blame him.  This is may be his last chance.

Bottom of 8
3 up, 3 BJs down.  6-6.  It's getting tense.  Little nervous. 

7th Inning:
3 Rangers up and 3 Rangers down.  Crap.  6-6.

Bottom of 7
3 BJs up and 3 BJs down.  6-6.  OK.


6th Inning:
2 outs for our Rangers in the top of 6.  10 outs left.

1 on, 2 outs for the Rangers.  BJs starter has been pulled.  Let's see what we can do versus their bullpen.

Mitch!!! 2 run double with 2 outs.  Rangers 6-5.  Now it's really a ballgame.

Mitch stranded on 2nd.  Rangers up 6-5.  Wow. A shutdown, 3 up 3 down bottom of an inning is what is needed.

Bottom of 6
Diekman in and out.  BJs on 2nd and 3rd, no outs.  Intentional walk.  Now it's Kela, bases loaded.

Wild pitch, BJs tie it up.  6-6.  BJs on 2nd and 3rd, 2 outs.

Flyout line drive to LF.  Damage done.  New ballgame.  At least 3 innings to see if the Rangers play another game this year.  6-6.  Tie ballgame.


5th Inning:
Suggestion for all you politicos out there.  Put the Presidential debate on 1 screen (computer or TV) and the ballgame on the other.  Mute the ballgame.  The announcers suck anyway.

3 up, 3 down for the Rangers.

And now the BJs at bat.

4th Inning:

2 run homer by Odor.  5-4 BJs.  It's a ballgame again. 

Jeff, good point, why not Martin Perez to start this game?  And is available in the bullpen???

That's it, Mitch stranded on 1st after a 2 out walk, Elvis flew out to LF.  A shutdown inning would be nice.  Who's available in the bullpen???  Everyone, right?

Bottom of 4

Claudio is pitching.  He's been solid down the stretch.

Lead off walk, damn.

Double play to end inning.  Good.  1 run to reset this game would be too much to ask for, right?

3rd Inning:
Elivs.  Yard.  3-2 BJs.

Rangers get 1 back.  3-2 BJs.  Another shutdown inning from Mr. Baseball would be nice.  If not absolutely needed.

And in the bottom of 3, lead off hit, stole 2nd.  No outs.  Is a man on 2nd and no outs bad???

And a ground rule double scores another run.  And Banny is headed to the mound.  4-2 BJs.

Barnette is in pitching for the Rangers.

Single scores the BJs runner on 2nd.  Man on 1st, no outs.  BJs 5-2.  Shit.

2nd Inning:
Maybe Martin Perez should start warming up in the bullpen.

2 quick outs in the top of 2. 

Now it's up to Mitch.  And he struck out.  3 up, 3 down. 

And now the BJs get to bat again, bottom of 2 coming up...

Shutdown inning for the Cobra.

1st Inning:
Rangers up 1 after half an inning.

And now Mr. Baseball (Cobra Lewis spent some time in Japan) gives it right back giving up a 2 run homer in the bottom of 1.  Shit.

And another solo homer.  Damn.  3-1 BJs.  Damage done. 

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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Your Rangers are down 0-2 in the series after our 2 aces got shelled.

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud: This has been a continuation of the end of last year's series.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: Now Cobra Lewis, Mr. Baseball, is set to start game 3. And hey, they have nothing to lose. Maybe they'll play looser. And better. Playing better would help too.
 
Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: I wonder how many teams have come back from an 0-2 deficit in a 5 game divisional series. I bet not many.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Don't call it a comeback. Oh wait. Yeah, do call it a comeback. Again.

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud: Kinda bad to always have to come from behind.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: Kinda great that they seem to be able to.

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: Home field would be nice.

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